“La política” or politics can envelop one’s life, encompass a significant set of experiences, and color one’s worldview. Yet while one can portray politics as all-pervasive and omnipresent, how does one relate that notion for Latinas/os in a way that can convey power, influence, and community for such a dynamic and growing population? Harold Lasswell (2011) defined politics as “who gets what, when and how.” Within that broad definition, there are the notions of expressions, needs, will, impact, outcomes, affect, and change. How are these relevant to the over 55 million Latinas/os residing in the United States (Stepler and Brown 2016)?

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